Barbara Neely’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Barbara Neely Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles  we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Barbara Neely, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Barbara Neely you will find my ten favourites of Barbara Neely’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“Love and sex, honey. Either one can make you do the damndest things. The two combined will make you a sure ’nough fool.”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

“Anytime you get this many light-skinned black people together at least half of them are going to be folks who act light-skinned.”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche Among the Talented Tenth 

“She wondered how soon after the first baby was born of the rape of a black woman by a white man did some slaver decide that light-skinned slaves were smarter and better by virtue of white blood? And how long after that had some black people decided to take advantage of that myth?”
― Barbara Neely,  Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

“Maybe his stuff was so good it made her think she could fly!”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche on the Lam

“The longer I live, the more boring youth becomes. So redundant. Each generation rediscovers the wheel of rebellion, the wheel of love, and so forth and so on. We hardly know which end is up until we’re in our thirties.”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

“Blanche stared at Emmeline’s door for a few moments, bristling with the desire to knock and trying to conquer her natural inclination to defy the voice of authority. It was one of the reasons she had not lasted in the waitressing, telephone sales, clerking, and typing jobs she’d tried over the years.”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche on the Lam

“They jealous ’cause you got the night in you. Some people got night in ’em, some got morning, others, like me and your mama, got dusk. But it’s only them that’s got night can become invisible. People what got night in ’em can step into the dark and poof—disappear! Go any old where they want. Do anything. Ride them stars up there, like as not.”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche on the Lam

“He gave Blanche the cheeky “Hey, girl” greeting that teenage white boys working up to being full-fledged rednecks give grown black women in the South. Blanche hissed some broken Swahili and Yoruba phrases she’d picked up at the Freedom Library in Harlem and told the boy it was a curse that would render his penis as slim and sticky as a lizard’s tongue. The look on his face and the way he clutched his crotch lifted her spirits considerably.”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche on the Lam

“In this town, white politicians and black ministers seemed to go together like tears and tissues. At election time, the pols got religion and came looking for the blessings of black ministers as a way to get black votes without providing the kinds of services to black communities that they at least promised to East Boston and Charlestown and the other mostly white Boston neighborhoods.”
― Barbara Neely

“Today’s national movements, women’s and blacks’, seem more interested in being players in the white male club than challenging the white male patriarchy.”
― Barbara Neely,  Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

10 Famous Quotes by Author Barbara Neely

So there you have it my ten favourite quotes by Barbara Neely, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Barbara Neely.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Barbara Neely. 

One Final Bonus – Longer – Barbara Neely Quote 

“Nowadays, people wanted to tell you class didn’t exist and color didn’t matter anymore. Look at Miss America and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But Miss America and the chairman were no more black people than Mother Teresa was white people. Men like Nate and women like her were the people, the folks, the mud from which the rest were made. It was their hands and blood and sweat that had built everything, from the North Carolina governor’s mansion to the first stoplight.”
― Barbara Neely, Blanche on the Lam

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